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UK man reunited with dentures lost in Spain 11 years ago

A British man said he was left open-mouthed after Spanish authorities returned the false teeth he lost on a boozy night out in Benidorm 11 years ago, the BBC reported on Thursday.

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Dentures are called 'dentadura postiza' in Spanish. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Paul Bishop, 63, misplaced his teeth in the popular resort in 2011, when he fell ill while drinking cider and had to vomit into a bin.

“When we headed to the next bar, my friend then turned round to me and asked where my teeth were,” he told the broadcaster.

A search proved fruitless but he said he was “gobsmacked and stunned” when the long-lost dentures turned up at his home in Stalybridge, near Manchester, northwest England.

They had been found in a Spanish landfill.

“Next thing you know, they have found my DNA and address from British records, and popped it in the post,” he added.

Bishop, who was pictured with the errant gnashers in a plastic bag, described the return as “unbelievable”.

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(G)astronomy prank goes wrong as Twitter users fall for ‘Chorizo Star’

A famous French physicist has apologised after he shared an image of a Spanish chorizo slice against a black background and referred to it as “the closest star to the sun”. Unfortunately, those unfamiliar with Spain's cold meats didn't realise it was a joke.

(G)astronomy prank goes wrong as Twitter users fall for 'Chorizo Star'

A red ball of spicy fire with luminous patches glowing menacingly against a black background.

This, prominent French scientist Etienne Klein declared, was the latest astonishing picture taken by the James Webb Space Telescope of Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our Sun.

“Photo of Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Sun, located 4.2 light years from us. Photo was taken by the JWST. This level of detail… A new world is revealed day after day,” Klein tweeted.

Fellow Twitter users marvelled at the details on the picture purportedly taken by the telescope, which has thrilled the world with images of distant galaxies going back to the birth of the universe.

But in fact, as Klein later revealed, the picture was not of the intriguing star just over four light-years from the Sun but a far more modest slice of the lip-sizzling Spanish sausage chorizo.

“According to contemporary cosmology, no object belonging to Spanish charcuterie exists anywhere but on Earth,” he clarified.

Klein acknowledged that many users had not understood his joke which he said was simply aimed at encouraging us “to be wary of arguments from people in positions of authority as well as the spontaneous eloquence of certain images”.

However, at a time when battling fake news is of paramount importance for the scientific community, many Twitter users indicated they were unamused by Klein, director of research at France’s Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) and a radio show producer.

On Wednesday, he said sorry to those who were misled.

“I come to present my apologies to those who may have been shocked by my prank, which had nothing original about it,” he said, describing the post as a “scientist’s joke”.

He was shortly back on surer ground posting on Twitter an image of the famous Cartwheel Galaxy taken by the James Webb Space Telescope.

This time, he assured users, the photo was real.

On a side note, is it any wonder that another meaning of “chorizo” in Spanish is that used to describe someone who is silly or dumb?

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